Pious Hogwash: Love.




“At the evening of life, we shall be judged on our love.”

This phrase of St. John of the Cross is, at times, misused by the usual cafeteria Catholics.

By mentioning it, they state or imply that love saves. I am sorry to burst anyone’s bubble, but love doesn’t save.

Every monster is capable of love. Every serial rapist and killer can have people whom he loves. Most of them certainly have. Therefore, love is not the key opening the gates of Heaven. 

Nor is that kind of love that translates into “doing good”, but with no faith in God behind it. It has always been Catholic teaching that salvation is the fruit of the works that come from the faith. Faith with no work will yield no salvation; but so will the works without the faith.

If you reject Christ until the end, Christ will reject you in the end. He that believeth not shall be damned. It follows that even being, say, an atheist Mother Theresa will be of no avail for he who believeth not.

Certainly, we can and must hope that Christ will help those who do good to others (which isn’t charity in the proper Catholic sense, but is still doing good deeds) to reach faith in the end. But we cannot say that their ability to love, or the good deeds this ability engenders, will save them. Certainly not if, as this is always the case, this “love” is meant as purely earthly, and the good deeds are made because it’s good to be good. If this were true, then fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, effeminate, abusers of themselves with mankind,thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners would all inherit the kingdom of God, provided they love and do good. Which most of them assuredly do.

This “having one’s heart in the right place” nonsense is one of the most dangerous pieces of rubbish spread in modern times.

In the end, everyone has his heart in the same place, and most people love others. Even the Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Obama, and Sebelius.

I can’t imagine countless atheists do not love their offspring to distraction. Will this save them from hell unless they repents? Assuredly not. Not if Christianity is truthful, and makes sense.

Beware of pious hogwash.










Posted on February 15, 2014, in Catholicism, Conservative Catholicism, Traditional Catholicism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Aquinas teaches that we have the light of Faith, and the light of Reason. The former is greater than the latter, and perfects the latter. Thus: one should see by reason alone, right reason, that sodomy, adultery, abortion, murder, extortion, torture, lying, etc., are wrong, wrong, wrong. Hence, someone truly following the light of reason should be doing works which lead to God, the source of reason and Faith.

    Our notion of goodness, as you suggest, is totally lacking in supernatural outlook, and humanity!

    St. Josemaria Escriva, whom some traddies love to put down, put it well: if you are not in the state of grace, it’s like sowing without thread in your needle.

    • Please confirm that you are responding to Mark Shea’s ridiculous post on the NCR titled Encountering Grace w/out the Sacraments? He uses that quote from St. John of the Cross that you began the post with.

      When I read his post I wanted to scream!!! I am so glad you are out there M, and that you so often seem to read my mind and mirror my reactions to the flufffy watered down, doctrinally very insecure cr*p that some, especially unfortunately, our current Pontiff, spout to the utter confusion of the faithful and to the total self-satisfaction of wordlings. I actually do believe that S*tan is laughing…and his laughter is getting louder.

      I would love it if you would analyze Shea’s post more thoroughly, especially since it looks to be the first in a series on the corporal acts of mercy. Reading it immediately made me research the spiritual works of mercy which, of course, are:

      To instruct the ignorant;
      To counsel the doubtful;
      To admonish sinners;
      To bear wrongs patiently;
      To forgive offences willingly;
      To comfort the afflicted;
      To pray for the living and the dead.

      Although I admit I not very good at doing the really hard ones of these, the first three, I hope someone will do them to me when I need it rather than just letting me remain in error.

    • I did not “respond” to it, but I stumbled into it and thought I would write some lines.

      The problem with Shea is that it is even difficult to link most of his posts with anything Catholic at all. That one isn’t a Catholic blog, it is a collection of inordinate ramblings (and rants) of someone who think Catholicism is a new wave of social thinking.


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